At the YWCA

Abolitionists Day

Celebrate the Abolitionists of Adams County at the 3rd Annual Abolitionists Day.
Abolitionists Day will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Sterner Building, Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg.
Attendees will meet McAllister’s Mill Abolitionists, James Pennington, Kitty Payne, and friends; enjoy Abolitionist songs sung by Dearest Home and The Black Swan.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Abolitionists Day is sponsored by the Thaddeus Stevens Society, Adams County Human Relations Council, Gettysburg Friends Meeting (Quakers), YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice.

YW executive director announces retirement

The Board of Directors of the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County announces the retirement of Executive Director Deb Geesey on June 30, 2019.

YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County Executive Director Deb Geesey will retire June 30, 2019.

Please join us in extending best wishes to Deb Geesey, who is retiring from the YWCA on June 30th. Deb has worked for the YW for over 30 years and has been the Executive Director for 12 years. Actually, her association with the YW spans more than 50 years as she was part of “Y TEENS” in junior high.
Deb began her career at the YW in 1988 as the Community Services Director under the leadership of Jennifer Weaver. In that capacity, Deb created a vast variety of classes open to the community, from business workshops, arts and crafts, bus trips, ballroom dancing, bridge and more. In 1993, she stepped into the Road Scholar position and served in that role for 13 years. Deb says she absolutely loved that job. She has served as the Executive Director since 2006.
The YWCA has grown immensely during Deb’s time as ED. The operating budget has doubled from $2 million to $4 million/year driven largely by a more than doubling in childcare enrollment, large growth in rec pass memberships, all supported by increasing sponsorships that she has been critical in obtaining. Her proudest accomplishment was taking the YWCA from serious financial difficulty to its current fiscally sound status. Deb insists that she did not do any of this alone and credits her great management team and all the hard-working staff of the YWCA. Numerous changes to the YWCA have occurred during her tenure. Remaining constant through all of those years has been the mission of the YWCA – eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Deb said this mission, as well as the wonderful staff and YWCA members, have been what kept her here for 30 years!
She will be greatly missed by members, colleagues and the Board of Directors alike. We have all benefited from her energetic leadership, organization and vision.
We will hold a celebration of Deb’s career at a date closer to her retirement – details to be announced. Meanwhile, please know that we have already begun the search for a new Executive Director and are working on ensuring a smooth transition. Feel free to wish Deb a happy retirement the next time you see her.

Betsy Meyer and Katy Giebenhain, co-presidents
On behalf of the Board of Directors

Children’s Trafficking Forum

Nov. 3, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Valentine Hall, United Lutheran Seminary

Featuring Susan Mapp: Dr. Mapp, Ph.D., MSSW, is program director and chair of the Social Work Department at Elizabethtown College. She is the author of the recent book “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking” and has also published research on law enforcement awareness of human trafficking. She has also written several other books as well as numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics including social work, human rights, impact of war on children, violations of women’s human rights, as well as issues relating to the child welfare system. She has presented at national and international conferences.

Panel Speakers: Eric Chase, Children’s Aid Society; Diana Fasnacht, United Way of Adams County; Elida Murray, Children’s Advocacy Center


Pictures with Santa

Santa is coming to the YWCA!

Bring your child, leashed animal or anyone else full of the Christmas Spirit to the YWCA, 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Santa will be making a special trip from the North Pole to all of his YWCA friends’ Christmas wishes.

Take your own photo for a $1 donation or have a high-resolution photo taken by the YW photographer for $5.

For more information, contact Kristen Mooney at or 717-334-9171, ext. 120.

Preserving our legacy campaign seeks 100 donors at $100

YW Friends,

We have learned a lot since YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County launched its $900,000 endowment campaign in 2016.

We were on the YW staff and thought endowment campaigns were only directed toward donors who could write large checks.

Two years later, we realize big checks are key to getting to the finish line but many smaller donations also play a big part.

One or both of us have been employed by the YW since 2006. We could, and will, spend hours telling you how the entire YW staff works toward its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

We can also go in depth about how the 37-year-old facility, which is older than we are, is showing its age.

We want the YW to be a staple on 909 Fairfield Road for another 37-plus years. We hope you do too.

Please join us in taking the YWCA Preserving Our Legacy Endowment Campaign to the finish line by donating $100. Our goal is to get 100 donors to pledge $100 so the $900,000 endowment campaign will secure our building’s future.

We have two generous donors who are willing to match the first 20 donations.

We love using the YW fitness center and enjoy taking spin, yoga and bootcamp classes. We watch retirees spend hours in the facility and look forward to doing the same.

Please join us in ensuring the YW is here for years to come.

You can send a check to YWCA, 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg PA 17325. Please write “100 at $100” in the memo line.

You may also donate online at

Thank you for your consideration

— Alex J. Hayes and Ashley Andyshak Hayes


Run for Peace

September 19, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Mention the YWCA at the Eagle & the Owl Public House between 5 and 8:30 p.m. and tell them you are there for the run and 10 percent of your food purchase will be donated to the YWCA!
FREE t-shifts first come, first serve.
Liberty Mountain Resort | Carroll Valley Golf Course | 78 Country Club Trail
5:45 (free t-shirts) | 6:00 (walkers) | 6:30 (runners)
No registration necessary

‘Mamma Mia!’ benefits YW

A performance of “Mamma Mia” at Totem Pole Playhouse will benefit the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.
Described as “the ultimate feel-good show,” “Mamma Mia!” takes place On a small Greek island. The main character, Sophie, dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away, but she doesn’t know who he is! The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.
The show will be held 8 p.m., Aug. 18 at Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville. Tickets are available at the YWCA, 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg. Tickets must be purchased by July 16.

Immigration forums

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and Gettysburg Rising will co-host a series of community forums on immigration.

The sessions are being held in light of a recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement action at a local restaurant.

“Through these forums we hope to better educate Adams County residents about the immigration process, the politics involved, how immigrants benefit our community and how people can become advocates for immigrants,” said Nancy Lilley, YWCA community services director.

All sessions will be held at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, from 7 to 8 p.m. People are welcome to as many sessions as they are able.
Topics and dates are as follows:

  • June 20, Immigration 101 with John Leedock of Catholic Charities;
  • June 28, Push and pull factors driving immigration to the United States with Dr. Kathy Cunniffe of Wilson College;
  • July 12, Economic impact and implications of immigration with Dr. Char Weise of Gettysburg College;
  • July 19, Next steps in immigration advocacy with Elizabeth Alex of Court Appointed Special Advocate York.

For more information, contact Lilley at or 717-334-9171, ext. 115.

Elementary Swim Programs

Calling all first, second and third graders!

Join the YWCA for one of our most popular aquatics programs… Elementary Swim Week! During this class, children learn the basics of swimming and how to respond in an emergency when they or a friend are in trouble. We also teach your child about boating safety and provide a lesson on canoeing.

This program is open to children in first through third grades. There is a limited amount of space in each week-long program, so register today!

You can either mail in your registration form with your payment or drop it off in person.  Please do not call in or try to register online.  The registration form is needed to due the emergency contact information being requested from you. Thank you making your child’s safety around water important!

Lincoln Elementary – March 11-15, 3:30-4:30pm
Bussing is provided from the school to the YWCA only.  Parents must pick up student by 4:35PM.

Franklin Township Elementary – March 18-22, 3:30-4:30pm
Bussing is provided from the school to the YWCA only.  Parents must pick up student by 4:35PM.

James Gettys Elementary – March 25-29, 3:30-4:30pm
Bussing is provided from the school to the YWCA only.  Parents must pick up student by 4:35PM.

Biglerville Elementary – April 1-5, 4:00-5:00pm
No bussing is provided. Parents must drop off and pick up.  Parents must pick up student by 5:05pm.

Fairfield, Littlestown, home-school students and private/charter schools including Vida, Montessori, and St. Francis –
April 8-12, 4:30-5:30pm   No bussing is provided.  Parents must drop off and pick up.

Download a registration form:

GASD Reg Form 2019

Biglerville Ele Reg Form 2019

All county students reg form 2019

Contact our front desk to register and drop off the registration form.
Any questions contact Aquatics Director, Cora Rhoads, 717-334-9171, ext. 129

Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament

The 19th Annual Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament
In Memory of Arthur and Muriel Rice

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Courts open 9:30 a.m., play begins 10 a.m.
Rain date is Sunday, May 12 with play beginning at 1 p.m.

The format is a doubles, round-robin that gives each player the opportunity to play several matches with a variety of partners.
There is a male and female division. Each player is assigned a teammate for each round.
Overall winners will be those who accumulate the most victories throughout the day.
Exhibition mixed doubles matches will be played at the end of the tournament for interested players.
Players are required to sign a release form upon tournament check-in.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division

Celebration Reception
Sponsored by Biggerstaff’s Catering
All participants and a guest are welcome to attend. Includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (If tournament is moved to Sunday, May 12 because of rain, the reception will still be held Saturday, May 11)
Location: Gettysburg Seminary Refectory, 148 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg

Click here to register